Choosing to Matter in your own community is a foundation upon which our curriculum is built. Learning the value of giving back in life is so important. The "Pay it forward" approach embodied by the JFSLA allows our students to see FIRST HAND, that spending a couple of hours as a servant leader can change someone's life.
I hear, I forget.
I see, I remember.
I DO, I UNDERSTAND.
We want this to be interactive leadership learning! Live. Lead. Pass it on! We encourage the students to take all these leadership concepts learned during the week and apply them to LIFE.
PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF OUR PARTNERS IN THIS EXPERIENCE.
The four Ronald McDonald Houses in the Chicago area provide a “home away from home” to keep families together while their child is receiving medical treatment far from home. Located near Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center and University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, the Houses provide comfortable & private rooms, opportunities to bond with other families going through similar situations, and delicious meals prepared by giving volunteers for a suggested donation of $10 per night.
1. A Full-Day educational program for children, Open 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
2. A developmentally-appropriate multi-cultural, bilingual curriculum with activities based on individual needs and learning styles, using Creative Curriculum, promoted by a dedicated professional staff.
3. Outside activities using our Play Yard, nearby parks, discovery walks and excursions.
4. Nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks.
5. Enrollment in DFD-subsidized slots is based on family size and income, with the lowest income clients being admitted first. However, protective service children and special needs children identified by State or Medical officials will be given crisis priority.
6. Skills Development, including enhancing self-image, independence, character education including respect for self and others, friendship, choice-making, and conflict resolution.
7. An opportunity for Volunteerism and Contributions to a valuable community service.
is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. We seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from Oakland County, Michigan, and the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. We work in partnership with God and people of all faiths and backgrounds to develop communities for people in need by building and renovating houses, creating homeownership opportunities and, in collaboration with others, transforming lives and neighborhoods.
Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 90 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.
is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization that provides sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization operates on an annual budget primarily funded through individual, corporate, civic and foundation dollars that make up more than 98% of the annual operating budget. All programs are free to registered athletes including insurance, facilities, equipment, uniforms, housing & meals for events, awards, sports, education and more. In addition to programs offered on the local, county, sectional and state levels, Special Olympics New Jersey offers athletes free participation in all activities at the Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex in Lawrenceville.